More than 2,700 men, women and children thronged Aspire Zone this afternoon for the 10th Al Dana Green Run hosted by Doha Bank as residents across the city stepped out of their homes in large numbers to support and show solidarity for the cause of environmental protection.
The largest annual community event in Qatar, this year’s Al Dana Green Run proved the biggest in the event’s history - in terms of both number of race categories and participant turnout - as people across age groups, nationalities and social backgrounds came forward enthusiastically to take part in the 3-km run around Khalifa Stadium. Participants included professionals, males and females from different ages, sports enthusiasts, and members of various socio-cultural groups.
“We are overwhelmed by the support we have received from all quarters of the society,” said Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank. “As the most widely attended community run in Qatar, Al Dana Green Run occupies a special place in the country’s sporting and socio-cultural landscape. The event connects emotionally with the city’s residents who look forward to the green run each year, and it is a matter of great pride and joy for us that the impact of the event, in terms of building greater environmental awareness, has grown progressively stronger over the years.”
“We believe protecting the environment is everybody’s responsibility. Each of us, as individuals, can make a contribution towards making the world a better place to live in, and at Doha Bank we are committed to reducing our overall carbon footprint and to creating the platforms and opportunities that enable the community to adopt more environmentally responsible practices,” he added.
The 10th Al Dana Green Run was hosted by Doha Bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, Public Security, the Traffic and Patrol Department, Qatar Red Crescent Society, and the Aspire Academy. Held every year with the aim of raising public awareness about environmental conservation and promoting the concept of green living, the event is supported by the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Qatar Association of Athletics Federation. This year’s Al Dana Green Run – which marked the event’s 10th anniversary – featured an enhanced line-up with as many as 10 race categories, enabling people from various social segments and fitness levels to take part in the event.
The Al Dana Green Run is the biggest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event in Qatar. The event takes its name from Doha Bank’s Al Dana Savings Scheme, the premier savings program of its kind in Qatar which offers customers the chance to win life-changing cash prizes. Through the Al Dana Green Run, Doha Bank seeks to encourage people to save resources, just as they save in their Al Dana accounts.